Child Custody (parenting arrangements)

Child Custody Laws (Parenting Arrangements)

We know how vital children’s living arrangements are and it can often be complicated. We have your best interest at heart to ensure the most suitable outcome for the whole family.

In most cases, parents and other family members understand the need to put a child’s safety and emotional well-being first. Parenting arrangements after separation or divorce (formerly referred to as “child custody”, “residence” , “contact” or even “access”) need to be considered and decided upon following a relationship breakdown. By law the best interests of the child are always the most important consideration. When considering parenting arrangements after spouse relationship breaks down, the Court must also consider the child’s wellbeing and weigh up the value of living with the parent with aspects such as quality of life, access to education etc. living with other relatives or designated carers.

Where a child will live, how often they spend time with each of their parents, the sharing of special event days such as birthdays, Christmas, and school holidays, and how parents make decisions about the care of their children once separated, are all issues of great importance which should be included in any agreement about children. The role that grandparents, step parents, and other important people in the lives of children must also be considered, and appropriately addressed according to the law.

It may sound complicated, and at times it can be. However, all of our child custody lawyers are extremely mindful of the delicate nature of parenting issues and decisions which need to be made upon separation for children. Our high degree of expertise in children’s matters, and our familiarity with the requirements of the Court, allows us to act swiftly and effectively to ensure parenting issues can be resolved in a timely fashion consistent with the best interests of your child or children.

Watts McCray’s child support lawyers are also regularly involved in acting independently for children when the Court deems it appropriate.

For more information, visit our list of parenting arrangements for children (child custody) FAQs or contact us to make an appointment to discuss your situation.

If you want to learn more about parenting arrangements and child support, please visit our Publications page.

An infograph detailing child custody statistics created in Sydney, Australia